Juliet Guo is the founder of luxury independent cashmere brand, Sandriver. Working within an ethos of sustainability and with an artisanal eye for design, Juliet is celebrating her twentieth year as a successful businesswoman. Sandriver continues to nurture business relationships at all levels from creators and clients, to the highly valued community herdsman who supply her authentic source materials. Juliet took time out from her day to talk to Le Jardin Retrouvé about what gardens mean to her.
What comes to mind when you hear the word garden?
Whenever I talk about the word “garden”, I think of the special pleasure I feel in my body and mind. Every time I go to my back garden to sit for a while, I feel a lot of energy from the aura of heaven and earth. The garden is a place of relaxation for me.
What is the secret garden that helps you recharge your batteries?
A garden is a nurturing place for women who are starting their own business. It is like a nurturing place for body and soul. It can take me from the fierce competition into a quiet state. Also, it allows me to experience more of the energy that nature gives me. We can be more peaceful; we can be quieter. We can have more of our own thoughts bursting out so it gives me more energy.
Why does everyone need a secret garden?
In fact, the secret garden for each person it is the place where we cultivate our body and soul. When we feel tired, when we feel exhausted, we go to see the plants to see the different plants in the garden gloriously blooming.
What is your favourite fragrance from Le Jardin Retrouvé?
My favourite fragrance is Rose Trocadéro. It gives me the same feeling as when I am walking in the streets of Paris. Every note of this city that has accumulated, it gives me a lot to think about. When I returned to Shanghai, I felt that the city of Shanghai has a natural link with Paris. This perfume is a link between us all over the world. It’s a link to the journey that each of us takes.